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Oprah Comments On Donald Sterling’s Racist Comments [Video]

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Oprah Winfrey just came out firing at Donald Sterling — telling TMZ Sports, “We’re off the plantation! The plantation days are over!”

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Good Look?? Oprah Wants To Interview Lamar “Light It Up” Odom

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Lamar may be on his way to a comeback.

Oprah Trying To Interview Lamar

Dude needs this interview if he wants people to forget about him smoking rocks and chopping down slorey mistresses.

According to TMZ:

Oprah Winfrey is making a full-court press to get Lamar Odom to sit down and unload … sources connected with both O and Lamar tell TMZ.

We’re told no deal has been made, but there have been serious discussions and we’re told Lamar is game if the conditions are right.

As for the topics — drug use, Lamar’s troubled marriage to Khloe Kardashian and his future in basketball.

Oprah and Lamar have history … during her Kardashian special, she spoke with everyone in the family including Lamar. He’s been skittish about doing interviews with anyone, but O seems to be an exception.

If the interview does go down, we just hope he keeps it 100 and doesn’t go the Lindsay Lohan route.


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Robin Roberts Leaves Good Morning America One Day Early

Robin Roberts has announced that she is leaving Good Morning America one day earlier than schedule, but it’s not because of her bone marrow transplant. She’s leaving early because of the slow moving Hurricane Isaac. She is flying home to Mississippi to be with her 88-year-old mother, Lucimarian, and her family which took quite a hit from the storm.

“I know the journey ahead will not be easy. Just know that I’m going to come back here as soon as I can.” the 51-year-old said.

Roberts is suffering from a blood disorder known as Myelodysplastic Syndrome, a nasty disease that attacks the blood and bone marrow. Her sister will be the bone marrow donor and Roberts is scheduled to have the transplant on Tuesday. Good Morning America plans to welcome a number of celebrities to be special guest anchors while Roberts recovers from the transplant.

Oprah Winfrey, Katie Couric, Barbara Walters, The Modern Family cast, and Kelly Ripa are all expected to be among the special guest hosts. “This means so much (that) these friends are stepping up like this. I love them for that” Roberts said.

We certainly wish her all the best and hope she has a speedy recovery! Robin Roberts Robin Roberts1

 

Oprah Winfrey Highest Paid Celebrity

Oprah Winfrey has been named the highest paid celebrity by Forbes magazine for the fourth year in a row. The magazine estimates that Winfrey earned a whopping $165 million between May 2011 and May 2012, which was just $5 million more than Hollywood director Michael Bay who came in a close second at $160 million. What a slacker he is, huh? Pfft.

Oprah’s recent struggles with her network ‘OWN’ have contributed to a big decline in her earnings this past year ($125 million drop) compared to last year’s earnings. However, she still remains at the top of the list for now; we’ll see if she can make it five years in a row next year.

Steven Spielberg was number 3 on the list at $130 million and Jerry Bruckheimer was number 4 at $115 million. Director/producer/writer/actor/astronaut Tyler Perry just missed out on cracking the top five, coming in at number 6 with $105 million — just $5 million behind Dr. Dre who is raking in the money thanks to his line of headphones Beats by Dr. Dre.

You can view the list by clicking here.

Surprisingly, I didn’t even crack the top 20! Apparently, you have to actually make money to be considered. Stealing change out of old couches just doesn’t pay the bills anymore. Michael Bay Oprah Steven Spielberg

 

OPRAH’S ‘AHA MOMENT’ NOW TO BE DEFINED IN NEXT EDITION OF MERRIAM-WEBSTER

For its 2012 edition, the folks at Merriam-Webster have announced that Oprah’s oft used term,  “aha moment” will be added to their dictionary, defining it as: “a moment of sudden realization, inspiration, insight, recognition, or comprehension.”

Don’t make the mistake of thinking, as the media and perhaps even Ms. OWN herself may lead you to assume, that Oprah coined the term, “aha moment”.  Not so, peeps. A 2009 NY Times article highlights a dispute between Oprah’s production company, Harpo Productions, Inc. and Mutual of Omaha (you’ve got to be kidding, Oprah!). The story goes that Mutual of Omaha’s advertising team had come up with and were using the slogan, “official sponsor of the aha moment”  in a national advertising campaign and Harpo didn’t like it. Harpo, in a letter to Mutual, asked Mutual to stop using “aha moment” to promote its insurance and financial products because it didn’t want confusion about whether there was a relationship between Mutual and Winfrey. Really?  Was Harpo concerned that Oprah would end up in the tabloids with headlines like, “Oprah and Mutual of Omaha share an aha moment behind closed doors of a hotel room located in a secluded exotic location.”??? Scratching my head right now.

Winfrey’s representatives argued that the phrase was synonymous with Winfrey and her show. Winfrey often discusses “aha moments” — described on her magazine’s Web site as “those flashes of understanding” — with guests on her show.  — Dear Ms. OWN,…I think you are taking OWN way too seriously.  You don’t OWN “aha moment” just because you said it a few times.  I say “shit” all the time and that don’t make me the owner of crap!

Mutual responded with a lawsuit and documents showing it had obtained preliminary approval of a federal trademark.  If you’d like to know the origin of “aha moment” and read more about the Harpo/Mutual of Omaha dispute, go here: NY Times 2009 article

The self-made media queen has been under much scrutiny since she left a major television network and her 25 year long day time show, The Oprah Winfrey Show, to spearhead her own network, OWN whose ratings, to date, have been less than stellar. It has been an uphill journey for the former daytime diva after coasting for so many years on the success of The Oprah Winfrey show.  Then again, can you really feel sorry for a woman who has amassed a net worth estimated at $2.8 billion?  Don’t count Oprah out yet on her shaky OWN ratings either.  As you recently read right here on The Daily Fix, Winfrey just interviewed the beautiful and talented, Rihanna which will air on Oprah’s Next Chapter Sunday, Aug. 19 on OWN. In the interview Rihanna speaks candidly about her ex, Chris (Punched me in the Face) Brown.

Oh, and in case you’d like to know what other terms are being included in Merriam-Webster’s next dictionary edition they are:  Sexting, energy drink, f-bomb, man cave and bucket list.  My guess is Harpo won’t go after those using the f-bomb term claiming it’s synonymous with Winfrey and her network.

 

 

Oprah Winfrey Set to Interview Bobbi Kristina Brown

Oprah Winfrey has all the power in the world and she is using that power to land the first interview with Bobbi Kristina Brown and two other members of the Houston family. The family has remained fairly quiet since the tragic death of Whitney Houston, but it looks like they will be breaking their silence soon.

It will be interesting to see what kind of questions Oprah will ask Bobbi Kristina. Will she bring up her troubled past? As most of you know, a lot of people are worried that Bobbi Kristina is following in her mother’s foot steps. It should be noted that the “official” cause of death has not been determined. However, the autopsy results should be revealed within a week or two…perhaps just in time for the interview?

The interview will air on OWN Sunday, March 11 at 9 p.m. Will you be watching? Oprah Winfrey Set to Interview Bobbi Kristina Brown Oprah Winfrey Set to Interview Bobbi Kristina Brown Oprah Winfrey Set to Interview Bobbi Kristina Brown

 

Hollywood, Then and Now

I can’t believe it’s been almost 20 years since my senior year in High School.  I knew back then that when we gathered for the reunion,  we would probably need a few name tags to identify one another.  Generally we’ve all changed to a certain degree,  but at the 20 year mark,  we’ve all changed to the point where it would deem necessary the use of name tags.  I walked into a grocery store the other day and saw a Facebook friend of mine that I had not seen since high school and didn’t recognize him.  I wonder how many other people I’ve seen out and about and didn’t make the connection.  I know some of us have lost our hair, gained some weight, grew some facial hair (and that’s just the women) even came across a few, “HOLY Sh*t!  WTF happened to you?”  moments.  All in all in the end,  it’s always good to see an old friend. 

Even though we didn’t have any celebrities from our class,  I wonder even if we did, would I even recognize them?  I’m glad that I treated people kindly, the same way that I do now, cause you never know when you will run into a ‘blast from the past’.  Imagine if you were the guy in H.S that dated Octo-mom with thoughts of one day raising a family.  Imagine if you were someone that laughed at Bill Gates for being a nerd way back when.  Imagine if you made fun of Angelina Jolie for having big lips.  I find joy in knowing that a few of the ‘unpopular’ kids are now so rich they could buy the venue our reunion will be held in.  I smile from ear to ear when I hear stories of ‘fat’ girls becoming ‘sexy’ movie actresses,  hanging on a poster in your sons bedroom as he tells you to ‘knock’ before you come in.  Gotta love karma.

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Forbes’ List of Top-Earning Hollywood Celebrities of 2010

On the East Coast, revenue streams are slowly rising as banks are still cratering and trying to recover from the recession. But out West, money ain’t a thing, as Jermaine Dupri and Jay-Z once rapped.

Everyone has their opinion on who the best were in 2010, but Forbes removed those pesky opinions when compiling their list for Hollywood’s Highest Earners for 2010 by boiling things down to simple dollars and cents.

While a number of these names should come as no surprise, there are a few names towards the bottom of the list that prove that Hollywood is in fact getting younger (and less talented):

1. Oprah Winfrey, $315 million
2. James Cameron, $210 million
3. Tyler Perry, $125 million
4. Michael Bay, $120 million
5. Tiger Woods, $105 million
6. Jerry Bruckheimer, $100 million
7. Steven Spielberg, $100 million
8. George Lucas, $95 million
9. Beyoncé, $87 million
10. Dr. Phil, $80 million
11. Simon Cowell, $80 million
12. Jerry Seinfeld, $75 million
13. Britney Spears, $64 million
14. Lady Gaga, $62 million
15. Madonna, $58 million
16. Sandra Bullock, $56 million
17. Ellen DeGeneres, $55 million
18. Miley Cyrus, $48 million
19. Taylor Swift, $45 million
20. Judge Judy Sheindlin, $45 million

Wait what, Britney earned more than Lady Gaga? Seriously now? I would have lost that bet if someone asked me which of them had earned more.

As for Leonardo DiCaprio, he made the film industry $1.1 billion dollars this year with his movies, Inception and Shutter Island. According to a list compiled by Forbes, he made Hollywood more money than anyone. No report on what he actually took in himself though.

 

Oprah Tries to Have Hugh Jackman Killed

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Hugh Jackman flew into some slight technical difficulties while performing a stunt for Oprah’s Australian show. He had some trouble transitioning from Opera to Oprah, crashing into a lighting rig during a zip-line run from the Sydney Opera House to the talk-show host’s stage. Apparently, he was too caught up waiving to friends, fans, and family below to see the approaching obstacle. Luckily for him he only sustained a minor black eye and Oprah’s plans of having him killed have failed… FOR NOW!

Gotta love how the Aussies fix everything with a bit of wine. Even when you almost lost an eye and your nuts in one fell swoop. Wine takes the pain away.

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Hugh Jackman injured on ‘Oprah’ set in Australia

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Don’t get rattled if you spot Hugh Jackman with a bruised right eye. It’s just a small token of love that he received while making a dramatic entrance to a taping of Oprah Winfrey’s talk show at the Sydney Opera House on Tuesday. The Australian hunk flew on a zip-line cable from the top sail of the famous landmark down to the stage, but got distracted by the 6,000-strong crowd and flipped up face first into a lighting rig.

According to People,

The Australian actor, 42, flew on a zip-line cable from the top sail of the famous landmark down to the stage, but hit the brakes too late, flipped up into a lighting rig and injured his right eye. Winfrey immediately called for a break in filming, as paramedics rushed to the stage – but the injury was minor, and PEOPLE’s Sexiest Man Alive 2008 was able to continue with his appearance after being tended to. “That’s gonna swell,” said Winfrey, 56, as Jackman returned with a small piece of tape under his eye and a visible bruise beneath it. The actor then headed down into the front row to comfort his son, Oscar, 10, who was upset by the accident.

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Julia Roberts On Nerves, Family & ‘Eat, Pray, Love’

Julia Roberts has, arguably, been the leading lady in Hollywood for the last 20 years. The 42-year-old Pretty Woman chats about how she still gets nervous about her film projects, including her latest: A big-screen adaptation of Elizabeth Gilbert's best-selling memoir, Eat, Pray, Love. Julia also opens up about traveling with her husband Danny Moder and their three kids - twins Hazel and Phinnaeus, 5 1/2, and Henry, 3 - to India, and her upcoming gig as producer for her good pal Oprah Winfrey.

When the Moder-Roberts family-of-five traveled to India for Eat, Pray, Love, the kids were excited to return to the South Asian country.

"Well, the funny thing is, they had just been in India because my husband had just been working there in January and this was in October," Julia explains. "So, we had been in Jaunpur and Agra and all these places, Goa. We were all over the entire country. They loved it. So, when I said we were going back, they were so excited. We went to all the places we hadn't been before."

Some of the sights were familiar for Julia and the kids. "Actually that elephant that I had the scene with ... is the elephant that Phinnaeus and I had ridden in January in Jaunpur. When I walked across the ashram and saw that elephant I said, 'I know that elephant,' and it was the same elephant."

 

Barack Obama & His Basketball Buddy

President Barack Obama was spotted with his 9-year-old daughter Sasha at an WNBA game in Washington, DC on Sunday (August 1).

A few days later, the First Lady Michelle Obama and Sasha were spotted sightseeing in Spain while Barack stayed at home. On Wednesday (August 4), Mr. President enjoyed his 49th birthday with some of his oldest Chicago pals, including Oprah Winfrey and her BFF Gayle King.

Barack and Michelle are also parents to 12-year-old daughter Malia who is currently at summer camp.

 

Bristol Palin & Levi Johnston Are Engaged!

Bristol Palin and Levi Johnston grace the cover of Us with their gorgeous son revealing their plans to get married.

We got engaged two weeks ago," Bristol says. "It felt right, even though we don’t have the approval of our parents."

Bristol, 19, and Levi, 20 - who had called off their previous engagement two weeks after welcoming son Tripp in December 2008 - reconnected three months ago while working out a custody plan for their 18-month-old son.

The teen mom says she's scared of her mother's reaction. "It is intimidating and scary just to think about what her reaction is going to be," Bristol says. "Hopefully she will jump on board."

Sarah Palin has made no secret of her feelings for Levi. He provoked a fury last fall when he claimed that the former vice presidential candidate called her infant son Trig (who has Down syndrome) "retarded." She fired back, publicly stating that anyone who posed for Playgirl would "say and do anything for even more attention." Later, during an interview on The Oprah Winfrey Show, she dubbed him "Ricky Hollywood" and called his "aspiring porn" career "heartbreaking."

So how does mama feel about the engagement? In reaction to the cover story, Sarah and her husband Todd released the following statement to the Today show on Wednesday morning:

Bristol at 19 is now a young adult. We obviously want what's best for our children. Bristol believes in redemption and forgiveness to a degree most of us struggle to put in practice in our daily lives."

 

Bret Michaels & Family Strike A Pose

What gorgeous girls! Rocker Bret Michaels was joined by his beautiful daughters Raine, 10, and Jorja, 5, as he posed for pics outside of the Ed Sullivan Theater in New York yesterday before an appearance on The Late Show with David Letterman (July 12).

After suffering a brain hemorrhage in April, the 47-year-old Celebrity Apprentice star told Oprah Winfrey that the scare really put things into perspective.

It puts things in perspective real quickly, you instantly put into your life what matters the most at that exact time... it is your immediate family, your kids, your best friends. At that point, you're not thinking about anything else. You're not thinking about career, you're not thinking about nothing, you're thinking, 'Let me live through this... The only thing that matters right now is taking care of my family and my kids and thanking God I'm still alive to talk about it.'"

Bret and the girls were also joined by their mom Kristi Lynn Gibson.

 

Oprah Winfrey tops Forbes Celebrity 100 list

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Oprah Winfrey has knocked Angelina Jolie to reclaim her crown on Forbes‘ annual Most Powerful Celebrity list. The media queen - with a staggering $315 million earning over the past 12 months - has topped the 2010 Forbes Celebrity 100 list.

Interestingly, Oprah’s kick was so strong that Jolie was barely able to secure a place among the top 20. She was placed 18 on the list. Beyonce Knowles and James Cameron were placed second and third respectively, while Lady GaGa made an impressive debut with a fourth place on the list.

A very big congratulations to Oprah Winfrey! Check out the top 20 celebrities after the jump and head over to Forbes for the complete list.
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Suri Cruise Loves Her iPad

The Apple iPad is the latest must-have accessory, so it's no surprise that trendy tot Suri Cruise is a fan of the high-tech gadget.

Life & Style reports that 4-year-old Suri kept herself busy playing games on her iPad while out for dinner at New York's Il Cantinori restaurant last week with her parents Tom Cruise and Katie Holmes.

Adorable Suri is known for her trend-setting fashion sense as well. Her doting dad recently told Oprah Winfrey, "She likes to dress herself and wears whatever she wants to wear. She wants to wear it, she wears it... a girl wants to wear what she wants to wear. I'm not gonna tell her different. She's got great taste."

 

Laura Ling Welcomes Daughter Li Jefferson Clayton

Journalist Laura Ling has experienced in a year, what most could never imagine, from the terrifying experience of being held captive in a North Korean prison, to returning home to the US to her waiting friends and family and quickly learning that she was expecting her first child.

Now, 10-months after returning home from North Korea, Ling and husband Iain Clayton have welcomed their first child, daughter Li Jefferson Clayton. Li was born yesterday (June 2) in Burbank, Calif. weighing in at 8 lbs., 2 oz., reports PEOPLE.

Ling's sister, journalist/Oprah Winfrey Show correspondent Lisa Ling, said of the new baby,

Her parents are too speechless. Li is super adorable!"

Ling revealed the origins of her daughters name, honoring sister Lisa in the form of Li, and borrowing Jefferson from former US President Bill Clinton's middle name. Of her friendship with Clinton, who aided in her release from North Korea, Ling said, "He has checked in on me several times to see how I'm doing, and has been so concerned and caring. He's such a wonderful human being."

 

Julia Roberts Thinks Her Children Are “Angelic And Wondrous”

Eat, Pray Love actress Julia Roberts was on The Oprah Winfrey Show yesterday, talking about how she copes with the "chaos" of living in a home with twins. She reveals she's taking up sewing to handle the stress: "This is my new skill to keep my brain firm."

Julia has three children: twins Hazel and Phinnaeus, 5 and younger son, Henry, 2. Despite their busy house, she tells Oprah her children are "...really angelic and wondrous, [It's] so heavenly and kind and dear just to have that -- the chaos that goes on in our house and the quietude that goes on."

One of her favorite things to do is watch the children wake up in the morning, which she says lifts her spirits, and keeps her from getting grumpy. She tells Oprah, "That’s the thing about being new to the world, you’re just so … impressed with everything. The older you get, the grumpier you get.”

 

Tom Cruise: If Suri “Wants To Wear It, She Wears It”

Five years after his infamous couch jumping incident, a much more subdued Tom Cruise appeared on The Oprah Winfrey Show on Friday. "Life is very good," Tom told the talk show queen. "Kids are growing up, love my wife ... five years that we've been together, Suri is four."

Tom went on to gush about his adorable 4-year-old fashionista:

She likes to dress herself and wears whatever she wants to wear. She wants to wear it, she wears it... a girl wants to wear what she wants to wear. I'm not gonna tell her different. She's got great taste." In fact, he adds, "She tells me what to wear."

Suri, who's been spotted in everything from Burberry, to pajamas and fluffy slipper, to a Spanish flamenco dress and heels, "is such a happy, easy, fun girl," Tom said. The 47-year-old Top Gun dad added that Suri isn't negatively affected by the paparazzi. "She just deals with it. We don't make it a problem. You get used to it after so long. We don't get nervous about it. Katie's a very relaxed person, and you just deal with it."

Continue reading about Connor and Bella...

 

Christina Aguilera’s Lil’ Stinkbomb

Christina Aguilera took her 2-year-old son Max shopping at the Scholastic store this afternoon (May 7) in New York City. We love Max's shirt that read "Lil' Stinkbomb."

Earlier in the day, the 29-year-old Beautiful singer performed in a special live broadcast of The Oprah Winfrey Show at Radio City Music Hall in celebration of O Magazine's 10th anniversary.

Max's father is Christina's husband of four years, music marketing executive Jordan Bratman.

 

Cesar Millan & His Back Up Boys

Cesar Millan and his two sons - Andre, 15, and Calvin, 9 - rocked the Los Angeles premiere of Jennifer Lopez's new film, The Back-Up Plan, on Wednesday (April 21). The boys' mother is Cesar's wife, Ilusión Wilson Millan.

Cesar is a self-taught, professional dog trainer widely known for his television series The Dog Whisperer. He has worked with celebrities such as Oprah Winfrey, Jada Pinkett Smith and Vin Diesel.

 

Nadya Suleman: I Had The Octuplets To “Fill A Void”

Octomom Nadya Suleman appears on the Oprah Winfrey Show today (April 20) and admits that having octuplets - on top of the six children she already had - was "childish."

The 34-year-old mother of 4 daughters and 10 sons admits that she should've stopped at six:

[I was] caught-up in a childish desire to have more children" to compensate for being an only child. She adds, "[I was using the children to] fill a void."

A crew from the show visited Suleman's La Habra, Calif. home to get an idea of her daily life. There are three nannies to help during the day (not at night), grocery bills totalling $1,000 a week and one vehicle to transport all 14 kids around.

When Winfrey suggests that the children might be better cared for in adopted homes, Suleman said she will do everything in her power "to avoid that at all costs." She also spoke of her feelings of shame since welcoming her eight kids: “I have been ashamed of myself for going through media outlets to take care of my children. I had never been interested in the media industry before having children."

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New biography: Oprah lied about her past, exaggerated poverty and sexual abuse stories

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She built a billion dollar showbusiness empire by persuading everyone from housewives to superstars to come clean about their past on her daytime TV show.

But a new book sensationally claims that Oprah Winfrey has embellished the truth about her own life to boost ratings.

Her dirt-poor upbringing, tales of sexual abuse and her relationship with longtime partner Stedman Graham have all allegedly been manipulated to gild her rags-to-riches success story, according to celebrity biographer Kitty Kelley.

Kelly claims the talk show host concocted stories about the molestation she said she suffered as a child and massively exaggerated the poverty in which she was raised.

Born in Kosciusko, Mississippi, in 1954, Winfrey claimed she was so poor she never had any new clothes or toys and adopted two cockroaches as pets. But her family insisted Winfrey was ’spoiled’ as a child.

‘Where Oprah got that nonsense about growing up in filth and roaches I have no idea,’ claimed her cousin, Katherine Carr Esters.

‘I’ve confronted her and asked, “Why do you tell such lies?” Oprah told me, “That’s what people want to hear. The truth is boring”.’

Winfrey’s stepfather, Vernon, agreed that Winfrey has played fast and loose with the facts.

He said: ‘She may be admired by the world, but I know the truth. So does God and so does Oprah. Two of us remain ashamed.’

The allegations about Winfrey’s past were revealed yesterday by the New York Post, which claimed to have seen an advance copy of the biography.

In the book, Oprah, which goes on sale in the U.S. today, Kelley claims America’s biggest-earning TV icon has gone to great lengths to cover up her sexuality.

She reportedly paid people off to prevent them speaking out about her alleged lesbian affairs and allegedly maintained a long-term relationship with Graham in order to appeal to her largely female audience.

The pair do not even share a bedroom, according to the book.

‘Oprah keeps Stedman around because she wants her audience to accept her as a normal woman with a man in her life,’ claimed landscaper James van Sweden, who worked for the couple.

‘From what I saw during those four years, I can tell you there’s nothing there with Stedman. Nothing at all. He’s simply a fixture in her life – window dressing.’

Relatives quoted in the book said Winfrey was allegedly promiscuous as a girl and sold her body to earn extra money.

She allegedly stole from her mother’s purse before she was sent to Nashville to live with Vernon, who is listed on her birth certificate as her father.

He is said to be the stern disciplinarian who straightened her out. However, Winfrey is claimed not to know the identity of her real father.

Esters allegedly told Kelley who the father is on condition that she doesn’t publish it until after Winfrey’s mother, Vernita Lee, has told her daughter.

‘And you’ll know when that happens because Oprah will probably have a show on finding your real father,’ said Esters. ‘As I said, the girl wastes nothing.’

Kelley claims Winfrey is ‘ asexual’. But she said there were reports of a steamy relationship years ago with a top female American news anchor.

The book claims Winfrey paid one ex-boyfriend $50,000 not to talk about her alleged lesbian affairs and the fact that her brother, who died of Aids, was gay.

Kelley has written controversial books about Jackie Onassis, Frank Sinatra, Elizabeth Taylor and the Royal Family.

But despite being attacked as a ‘poison pen’ biographer and a gossipmonger, she has never been successfully sued for libel or been forced to retract any of her written claims.

 

Oprah’s naked body prompted John Tesh to bolt in the middle of the night

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Before Oprah loved Stedman, there was John Tesh.

An exclusive excerpt from Kitty Kelley’s upcoming tell-all Oprah Winfrey biography claims the talk-show queen enjoyed a 1970s romance with an unlikely live-in lover: John Tesh.

The towering 6-foot-6 Tesh and a barely out-of-her-teens Winfrey shared her Nashville apartment until he bolted in the middle of the night, according to the first-ever look inside the book, obtained by the Daily News.

According to Kelley, the “social pressure” on an interracial couple in Tennessee at that time proved too much for Tesh to handle.

“He said one night he looked down and saw his white body next to her black body and couldn’t take it anymore,” another Tesh ex-paramour told Kelley.

“He walked out in the middle of the night. … He told me he later felt very guilty about it.”

Winfrey spokeswoman Angela DePaul said Saturday that Oprah was not commenting on the highly anticipated book. A phone call and an e-mail to Tesh’s spokespeople were not returned.

The book, due out Tuesday, already ranks No. 19 on the Amazon.com best sellers list based on pre-orders.

Tesh worked in Nashville at the same time as Winfrey during the mid-’70s.

Future media mogul Winfrey was just 20 when she joined the staff at WTVF-TV in Nashville. Tesh was a news anchor and future “Wheel of Fortune” host Pat Sajak was a weatherman at rival WSM.

Kelley – best known for her withering biographies of Frank Sinatra, Nancy Reagan and Elizabeth Taylor, among others – said the pair lived together “for a short time” before Tesh’s midnight moveout.

By 1976, both had moved on – Winfrey to Baltimore, and Tesh to WCBS-TV in New York.

Both went on to bigger and better things: Tesh hosted “Entertainment Tonight” from 1986-1996 before leaving the show to become a full-time New Age musician.

The six-time Emmy winner now hosts his own nationally syndicated radio show, has written a number of books and continues to tour.

Kelley mentions that Tesh appeared with Winfrey on the 10th anniversary of her show in 1996, with Oprah claiming the pair shared one platonic dinner date.

 

Johnny Depp’s Longtime Girlfriend Tells Him To Quit Angelina Jolie Film

Laura Dern found out the hard way — and so did Jennifer Aniston.

But Johnny Depp’s longtime gal pal has no intention of joining the trail of brokenhearted Hollywood ladies left crying to Oprah Winfrey after Angelina Jolie stole their men. Continue reading...

 

Jessica Simpson Can’t Accept the Apology

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How horrible of John Mayer to call Jessica Simpson sexual napalm. Really, how offensive! To be called good at sex? To be compared to addictive crack cocaine? How on earth can Jessica Simpson sleep at night? It won’t be on her back with sweaty men on top of her, if she is “sexual napalm.” Disgusting.

According to US Magazine:

“I tried to read the article, and I was so disappointed in him,” she tells Oprah Winfrey. “It made me so sad, and it was really discouraging because that’s not the John that I knew…I hope he gets his life together.” She admitted she was “a little angry” about his rant.  “I don’t want people to know how I am in bed!”

The singer confirms reports that he reached out to her in the aftermath. “He did apologize. I don’t accept it. It’s just one of those things that…I don’t resent him. I’m just going to let that go. That part of my life is over.”

Jessica Simpson also revealed that the “mom jeans” she was wearing that got her so much attention for being fat were only size 4. … maybe in the plus size side of the store. A size 4 indicates a relatively small, well shaped woman. Not a beluga whale tucked into denim, which was exactly what she looked like.

Backpedal as much as you want Jess, you’re not going to be wearing Daisy Dukes anymore. And you’re not size 4. On the plus size, when you gained your weight your breasts got massive. See? Always a silver lining!

 

Céline Dion On Miscarriage: “It’s Life”

Further to her candid interview yesterday, legendary musician Céline Dion sat down with talk show queen, Oprah Winfrey, and continued to share her struggles with infertility.

In discussing her miscarriage, the French Canadian songstress told Oprah that she isn't giving up hope.

It's life, you know? A lot of people go through this. We tried four times to have a child. We're still trying. We're on the fifth try, and I'll tell you, if five is my lucky number, this fifth try has got to come in."

Céline didn't feel comfortable coming out with the miscarriage news right away since the initial reports of her pregnancy were still fresh. "They said that I was pregnant, and a couple of days after, we were not pregnant again. We didn't want to feel like we were playing yo-yo. 'I'm pregnant. I'm not pregnant. I'm pregnant. I'm not pregnant.' So we didn't want to do this thing. But we did have a miscarriage."

The 41-year-old Power of Love singer said she and husband of 15 years, René Angélil, 68, try not to let fertility issues affect their relationship."I don't think a child [or] a pregnancy should make anything stronger or weaker. A child is not there to fix a marriage, to bring happiness. Let's not put pressure on children."

 

Oprah plays the blessing stork!

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Oprah Winfrey has earned one more medallion to decorate her already world-famous bosom. The mega-popular talk show host played the blessing stork during the Oprah Winfrey show on Thursday (Feb 4, 2010) when Lori MCKindle, an audience member, went into labour and almost delivered the first-ever on-air baby. The baby, named Justin, was born prematurely after Lori was rushed to an Illinois hospital.

According to Contactmusic,

OPRAH WINFREY had her first on-air baby during the OPRAH show on Thursday (04Feb10) when an audience member went into labour. Mum-to-be Lori MCKindle from Toronto, Canada had to be taken from the studio in Chicago, Illinois to a nearby hospital after her waters broke. And excited Winfrey halted the taping of the show to personally wish MCKindle well before paramedics raced her to Rush University Medical Center, where her son was born an hour later. Speaking to Oprah at the start of her show on Friday (05Feb10), the new mum said, “He was born about 20 minutes after I saw you. You helped me through... He’s (baby) doing pretty good. They’re doing a lot of tests on him now.”

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Denise Richards On Charlie Sheen’s Arrest: “It’s Sad”

Denise Richards is weighing in on the Christmas Day altercation between Charlie Sheen and Brooke Mueller that landed her ex in jail.

"It's sad," says Denise, who had to tell her daughters Sam, 5, and Lola, 4, about their dad's incarceration. "Perhaps people can understand what I went through."

Denise recalls for Oprah Winfrey the circumstances surrounding the end of her own marriage to Charlie in 2006, when she filed for a restraining order against the Two and a Half Men star.

Revealing that there were "a lot of verbal arguments that got heated that scared me," Denise says that Charlie never hit her, though there were incidents where he shoved her.

"I was in a very dark place," she says. "Especially when I filed the restraining order, I was humiliated. I was scared. I was embarrassed."

After enduring a nasty divorce, Denise insists that she and her ex "are in a great place" these days. As for her girls, she reports, "My daughters are my pillars of strength."

 

Rosie O’Donnell: Tracy & I Plan To Blend Our Families

This Monday (January 25), Rosie O'Donnell sits down with Oprah Winfrey in a no holds barred conversation about her breakup after 12 years with Kelli Carpenter, her new girlfriend Tracy Kachtick-Anders, her home life with her four kids, and her plans to blend a rather large family, People reports.

Promoting her January 31 HBO special A Family Is A Family Is A Family: A Rosie O'Donnell Celebration, a documentary that challenges the traditional ideas of family, Rosie talks about co-parenting four children - Parker, 14, Chelsea, 12, Blake, 10, and Vivienne, 7 - with Kelli since their breakup.

Although we co-parent," says Rosie, "we share equal time but we're never really without them. Some are here. And that's the way we did it. It's free-flowing, and we do nights together, too." Explaining that Kelli "lives nearby," Rosie also says that is still "not close enough. I wanted her to live in the same town, and she was, like, 'I don't know how good that's gonna be for me.' Like, what are you saying? You can't exist – okay. Calm down. Breathe. Everything's okay."

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Video: Rihanna performs on Oprah


Boy, do we have a lot of videos today! We are still busy replaying the previous two vids in our mind and here we are with the third video of the day. Here’s Rihanna performing Bob Marley’s classic Redemption Song during The Oprah Winfrey Show on Wednesday. I hate that hairdo on her, but I’m 100 percent sure that I can’t say the same thing about her song. And no sane person could either! RiRi rocks!

Best moment: Play it in a loop!

 

Critics Agree: Mo’Nique Best of 2009


Mo’Nique is about to clean up. Hollyweird loved her portrayal of a lonely, overweight-abusive-black female; go figure:

The early indications are that this awards season is going to be a very busy one for Mo’Nique. The comedian’s terrifying portrayal of…


a mother on the brink in the Oprah Winfrey-produced, independent film Precious, won best supporting actress from both the Los Angeles Film Critics Association and the Boston Society of Film Critics. The critics also agreed on best film of the year: The Hurt Locker, a nerve-rattling drama about an elite army bomb squad operating in Iraq. They both named its director, Kathryn Bigelow, as best director, beating out amongst others, her ex-husband, Avatar director James Cameron.

The Boston critics chose Hurt Locker’s star, Jeremy Renner, as best actor, while the L.A. critics went with seasoned vet Jeff Bridges, playing a boozed-up country singer in Crazy Heart.

For best actress, the Boston critics were charmed by Oscar-perennial Meryl Streep in Julie & Julia, while L.A. went the more obscure route, recognizing Belgium-born Yolande Moreau for her performance as a troubled painter in the French film Séraphine. Showing their taste for villains, both groups of critics picked another delicious bad guy for best supporting actor, tapping Cristoph Waltz’s opportunistic Nazi in Brad Pitt’s Inglourious Basterds.

Reminds us of Halle Berry in Monster’s Ball. Go head Mo!

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President Obama Grades Himself a Solid B as a President


President Obama told Oprah Winfrey on Sunday night that he gives himself a good “solid B-plus” for his first 11 months in office. Pop the top to let us know how you rate him.

Obama says his administration has gotten the economy on track, wound down the Iraq war and made the right call for a temporary surge in Afghanistan. He said  the passage of health care reform would boost his grade to an A-. All in all, what would you give the President thus far on a grade scale?

 

Jennifer Hudson Is a “Holiday Fanatic”

New mom Jennifer Hudson is gearing up to celebrate her first holiday season with her favourite new man – her 4-month-old son, David Daniel Otunga Jr.

“I need to make it great for him,” the 28-year-old Dreamgirls star tells PEOPLE. “I just want to make it as exciting and fun for him and it was for me. And I want him to have this feeling each time this time of year come around. Whatever that is, that’s what I want to make my tradition.”

Recently, the proud new mother and self-proclaimed “holiday fanatic” recently appeared on The Oprah Winfrey Show and gushed about getting ready for her son’s first Christmas: “I’m going to go crazy,” she told Oprah. “He’s very aware, but he’s so young and it’s his first Christmas, so you have to go all-out.”

For Jennifer, Christmas is all about spreading joy and celebrating with loved ones:

It hurts me so when I see people like, ‘Whatever, Christmas is just another day’. I’m that person who’s going to go over there and get you into the holiday spirit. And that’s how I’ve always been.

 

Jennifer Hudson Shows Off Son David Daniel Jr.

Meet David Daniel Otunga Jr.! Jennifer Hudson released the above photo of her gorgeous 3-month-old son during Monday's appearance on The Oprah Winfrey Show.

The 28-year-old Oscar-winning singer gushed to the talk show queen about her adorable boy as she proudly showed some new photos.

Hudson - who just signed on to play Winnie Mandela, former South African president Nelson Mandela's controversial ex-wife - said she wants to make her son's first Christmas extra special.

I'm going to go crazy," she told Winfrey. "He's very aware, but he's so young and it's his first Christmas, so you have to go all-out."

David is the first child for Hudson and her fiancé David Otunga.

 

Only Harpo Could Get The Real Exclusive On Jennifer Hudson And More Baby Pictures


J-Hud was looking real good on Oprah yesterday, seemingly more mature and more healed from her ordeal:

Most new mothers will take any opportunity to show off photographs of their bundle of joy, and Jennifer Hudson was certainly no exception, as she proudly shared her snaps of her baby boy David with Oprah Winfrey. Speaking to the Queen of Chat on her show yesterday, the singer cooed over recent photos of her four-month-old son and revealed that she is planning to make his first Christmas a special one. She said: ‘I’m going to go crazy. He’s very aware but he’s so young and it’s his first Christmas, so you have to go all-out.’

She said she would like to get him his own Santa and toy store, and added: ‘I kind of want to get him his own Santa Claus and just have like a toy store in the house, full of things.’ Hudson, 28, gave birth to David Daniel – named after his father, Jennifer’s fiancé David Otunga, a lawyer-turned-WWE wrestler – in August this year.

He was born almost a year after the tragic murders of the Oscar-winner’s 57-year-old mother, Darnell Donnerson, her 29-year-old brother, Jason Hudson and seven-year-old nephew Justin King. Police arrested William Balfour, 27, the estranged husband of Hudson’s sister Julia, in connection with the killings, and he was charged with three counts of first degree murder and is currently awaiting trial.

Hudson shot to fame after she came in third on reality TV show American Idol, the US version of the X Factor, in 2004. Hudson has been a regular guest on The Oprah Winfrey Show, and gave the chat show host her first interview since the family murders in February of this year. On yesterday’s show, after gushing about baby David to Oprah and her other guests, country music duo, Sugarland, she joined the pair on stage for a rendition of the Christmas carol, Silent Night.

The little whipper snapper is adorable. It’s weird, but going through turmoil and then having a child can be such a relief.

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Now that Oprah’s Talk Show is Out We Hear Gayle is Moving In


With Oprah leaving daytime talk in 2011 her schedule has opened up to spend more time with her BFF Gayle and Bossip hears that the two are planing on moving in together.

Hmmm… Pop the Top for Details.

Gayle is set to move into Oprah’s Southern California mansion next year.  While Oprah will be focusing on her other empires which includes OWN (Oprah Winfrey Network), Gayle will be there to offer support. Ol’ Harpo also plans to mold Gayle for her own talk show, which won’t be surprising if it pops up on OWN.

This means there’s no room for Stedman with Oprah focusing all of her attention on her BFF, so he is out of the picture. The two have been dating since 1986 but obviously he doesn’t have what Gayle has to offer. DAMN, Oprah and Gayle should just grow old together and be lifetime partners, this is a bit ridiculous.

 

Ol Harpo Cancels The Oprah Winfrey Show Because Taking a Pay Cut is Beneath Her!!!


The Oprah show has officially given the date for its final curtain call. We told you earlier this week that “>CBS studios was not going to be able to pay Oprah that big chunk of change that she’s use too. Instead of working out a deal, Ol’ Harpo decides to cancel the show.

In another blow to the struggling business of network television, Oprah Winfrey is expected to announce on her program today that she will step down from her syndicated afternoon talk show, which over the last two decades has transformed her into one of the richest and most influential forces in popular culture.

Although she has kept mum about her plans, Winfrey, 55, is expected to furnish a new show to OWN: the Oprah Winfrey Network, the long-delayed cable outlet she is starting in partnership with Discovery Communications. The network is scheduled to roll out in 2011 in about 75 million U.S. homes.

The media personality and mogul — whose show has served as the main pedestal from which she has engaged newsmakers high and low, transformed obscure products and personalities into runaway successes, and preached a gospel of self-empowerment to her devoted, largely female audience — is betting that, in a world of ever-fragmenting audiences, the future lies with creating her own branded network. She was recently ranked No. 234 on a Forbes list of the world’s richest people, with an estimated net worth of $2.7 billion.

Although Winfrey could not be reached for comment, Tim Bennett, the president of Winfrey’s Chicago-based production company, Harpo Inc., confirmed in an e-mail Thursday to station partners that she would end the existing program Sept. 9, 2011.

“Oprah’s personal comments about this on tomorrow’s live show will mark a historic television moment that we will all be talking about for years to come,” Bennett wrote.

Oprah had the most successful talk show ever. She deserves to end it on her terms.

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Horror:the patron saint of fat women will call it quits in 2011.Yeah, Oprah is quitting.

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You guys, this is an emotional moment. You mean to say, they’ll be no more “my vajayjay is painin!!”? moments? Oh, no, the urge to go for a double decker with an extra large side of fries is utterly overwhelming. Oprah, help, we can’t do it without you. And we were seriously hopping to get another chance to win a Prius…because we know how happy you get on your somewhat slim-but definitely not a gorilla in red lipstick days.

Ok, people, let’s focus on the positives. After all we still have 680 days with the anointed patron of couch potatoes. Let’s start appreciating what we will soon not have by watching more…wait a second, could that be why she gave us these 680 days? Could this be all about ratings? Ma, where’s that gallon of Ben&Jerry’s? We’re feeling a panic attack coming our way!!

Via ABCNews.com

After more than 20 years at the top of the daytime talk show game, Oprah Winfrey’s calling it quits.

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According to insiders, Winfrey informed her staff of her decision late yesterday afternoon in a company meeting, described as “emotional, supportive and respectful.”

That same afternoon, Tim Bennett, president of Winfrey’s Harpo production house, announced that the media mogul will step off the “Oprah” set in September 2011. He said Winfrey will confirm the news on Friday’s edition of her show.

“The Oprah Winfrey Show” will not move on to the cable Oprah Winfrey Network or OWN.

Since “Oprah’s” 1986 inception, Winfrey’s grown to be far more than a shoulder to cry on for scandal-scarred stars. Her empire — which includes films, books, magazines and Web sites, in addition to her TV show — influences people the world over, and her wealth — at one point, she was the world’s only African-American billionaire, according to Forbes magazine — grants her access to people, places and things few others can conceive.

What’s next for Winfrey? Perhaps she’ll drop a hint on her show Friday.

 

A “Lil Positivity”: Oprah, Will Smith, Jada Pinkett Smith and Penny Hardway Have All Together Donated $5 Million to Different Charities


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Oprah, Will Smith, Jada Pinkett-Smith and Penny Hardway have all made the “The Giving Back 30″ list. This list features the top 30 celebrities who have made the largest donations to charity. Oprah is listed in the top ten, while Will, Jada, and Penny are all in the top 20. For the past two years Oprah has been named the most generous celebrity but this year the spot was taken by Paul Newman.

The Giving Back Fund’s third annual Giving Back 30, a list of celebrities who have made the largest donations to charity according to public records, was released in the November 1st issue of PARADE Magazine.

Readers may have been surprised to learn that Paul Newman replaced Oprah Winfrey as the most generous celebrity of 2008. Oprah had occupied the number one spot by a wide margin for the first two years of the list. Before his death, Newman made a donation of nearly $21 million to his self-named Newman’s Own Foundation. Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt were second with a $13.5 million donation to the Jolie-Pitt Foundation, which distributed $6.4 million to charity, including a $2 million grant to The Global Health Committee for an Ethiopian clinic project, a $1 million grant to the Make it Right Foundation founded by Pitt, and $500,000 to the Armed Services YMCA USA.

“Our hope is that celebrities will begin to become more comfortable sharing information about their charitable giving — perhaps not disclosing everything they give, but sharing enough to enable them to serve as role-models to their peers and fans,” said Marc Pollick, President and Founder of The Giving Back Fund.

It’s always nice to see celebrities giving back and helping those less unfortunate. This year we had four names on the list, lets see who will step up to the plate so we can keeping adding more of us each and every year.